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Murray Newsletter - October 7, 2009


Whether the weather is fine,
Or whether the weather is not...
Whether the weather is cold,
Or whether the weather is hot...
We'll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!





It's harvest time, so here are a couple of old pictures from the
Murray history pages...

the top one is Henry Hobscheidt, corn picking by hand.

At bottom is threshing at the Harry Todd farm around 1911.







You're Invited!

Murray Fire Department Annual Open House

Sunday October 11, 2009

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. -

Rain or Shine!


Lunch will be served - meet your neighbors and the Fire & Rescue Team

(Weather Permitting)

*Gifts and prize drawings

* Safety Demonstrations

*How to extinguish a car fire

*Special activities for the children

*Get your picture taken as a firefighter

* Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Tests

*How to get out of a burning house: We'll put you in a "Smoke Room" filled
with non-toxic smoke and show you what to do.


The Murray Volunteer Firefighters want to help members of our community stay safe and healthy. Our Open House is a great way for everyone in your household - children, too - to learn things that could make a difference to someone in a fire emergency or accident. And you can have fun while you're at it!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support. Donations will be gladly accepted at the open house. Your contributions will continue to go towards the purchase of new life saving equipment and a Rescue Boat.

If you're unable to attend, we would still appreciate your support.
Donations can be sent to:

Murray Fire Department, 818 E. Main St. Murray, NE 68409

AND did you know that our community is one of the fastest growing districts in the state.

Our department is 20 members strong, but
we are in need of Volunteer Fire & Rescue Personnel!

If you can help, please call:
Jim Daly (Fire Chief), 235 -2881

Chris Spangler (Asst. Chief), 235-2737
Steve Gdovic, 235-3040, ext 10

or pick up an application at the open house.

Thank you very much for your continued support!

Special Thanks for Printing Services Provided By:
Konica Minolta Business Solutions (402) 935-7025

Searching for Elof Anderson

This request for information went to another editor and thought I would pass it on in case any of you know of this person who was a pastor in this area many years ago. Thank you

"I would like to obtain information on the following pastor; however, I don't know the church he was affiliated with:

Elof F. Anderson born in Sweden in 1887 - he was married to my relative Christina Anderson - resided in Cass, Nebraska

They are listed on the 1920 US Census Avoca Precinct, Cass, Nebraska.

Thanks for all your help.

Donna R. Eilts
7080 Running Fox Court
Florence, KY 41042-7810





Boy Scouts of America

As one of our nation's leading organizations, The Boy Scouts of America helps, through citizenship responsibilities and physical and moral fitness development for young people, to build our future leaders by combining fun, education and activities, producing a more responsible and conscientious society for all. For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts of America has been helping our youth to achieve these goals. Please support our local Boy Scout and Cub Scouts, #471, to keep them going strong!

Below are some more photos of our local Boy Scouts during some of their formal ceremonies and having fun by helping others:









Scout photos contributed by Carol Heylmun.

Helping Our Neighbors

The Elmwood Fire and Rescue Squad is having a waffle-feed to help raise money for a new rescue unit. Take a drive over to Elmwood and enjoy a waffle breakfast at the fire station. Your donation will help them toward their goal.




2# stew meat, (I like to cut up a chuck roast)
flour for thickening
oil for browning
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 large onion, chopped
1 large or 2 small bay leaves
1 Tbl. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. paprika
pepper to taste
Dash ground allspice
Dash ground cloves
1 # carrots, sliced
4-6 potatoes, quartered

If you like your stew with a thicker 'gravy', first coat the stew meat in flour before browning or use the optional method at the bottom. Otherwise, for a more clear, thin broth, do NOT coat the meat in flour.
In Dutch oven, brown meat in oil.

You may keep meat in this pan OR transfer to crock-pot at this point.

If preparing on stove top, add 2 c. water and all ingredients, EXCEPT carrots and potatoes. Cover and simmer about 2 hours.
Add carrots and potatoes. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer about 45 minutes or till vegetables are tender.

If preparing in crock-pot, add all ingredients at beginning and cook on low 8-10 hours.

Remove bay leaf before serving.

Optional: To thicken gravy, combine 1/4 c. cold water with 2 Tbls. flour till smooth. Slowly add to hot broth, cooking till bubbling, at least 3 minutes.



Third-Annual "Doggy Day" Planned at Bloom Where You're Planted Farm

On Saturday, October 10th, Bloom Where You're Planted Farm is going to the dogs for an event to benefit the Capital Humane Society. For the third year in a row, farm owners Terry and Teresa Lorensen are inviting visitors to bring their canine companions to the pumpkin patch.

Canine admission is $4.00 (the same cost as human admission) and all canine admission proceeds will be donated to the Capital Humane Society. In addition, sales of Halloween-themed neckerchiefs will be donated to the organization, and donation jars will be in place so that even those who don't bring a dog can participate.

Volunteers from the Capital Humane Society will be on-site from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with a selection of dogs which can be adopted from their location at 2320 Park Boulevard in Lincoln, NE.

"Many of the animals we have here at the farm, including our dog Rocket, have been adopted, and we want to help other animals who need new homes," said Lorensen.

The annual fall Pumpkin Festival runs through November 1st.

Hours are: Fridays 1:00-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

For more information and a complete listing of events at the farm, visit their website,

To learn more about the Capital Humane Society visit

Bloom Where You're Planted Farm is located at 911 - 108th St., rural Avoca, NE; 27 miles east of Lincoln or 30 miles south of Omaha. Take US Hwy. 34 to 108th Street, then travel ½ mile north.


The centerpiece of 'Bloom Where You're Planted Farm' is the late-1800s barn.

'The Fruit of the Spirit'

Since I've always enjoyed collecting cookbooks, I was surprised to find out that I'd missed one right here in my own 'backyard'.... but I've got it, now! Seems that the Murray Presbyterian Church members had compiled their favorite recipes back in 2004 and published their own cookbook, 'The Fruit of the Spirit'. This is a beautiful, vinyl-covered, 3-ring, binder-type book with 117 pages filled with mouth-watering recipes. Well, they still have several books left, so if you're interested, give them a call at 402-235-2754 or drop them an email at One of these books would make a nice Christmas or birthday gift for someone special!





David Seay, Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council, will be presenting a Harmonica Workshop/Concert on Sunday, November 8, at 2:30 PM in the Old Avoca, Nebraska Schoolhouse.

The workshop/concert will be followed by light refreshments, and a chance to chat and jam with the performers. Admission is $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children and students. Decent 10 hole diatonic harmonicas in the key of C will be available for purchase for $3.00 each so everyone can join in the fun.

Avoca is in southern Cass County, Nebraska, on the 13 C Spur, one mile south of Highway 34 and three miles east of Highway 50. For more information, write to Greenblatt & Seay, P.O. Box 671, Avoca, NE, 68307, or call 402-275-3221, or e-mail them at, or visit their web site at




H1N1 Intranasal Vaccine Received

Papillion, NE-A very limited shipment of H1N1(LAIV) intranasal vaccine was received on October 5, 2009, by Pediatric and Family Practice clinics in Bellevue, LaVista, Papillion, and Plattsmouth. This vaccine was ordered by the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness for these providers last week with the intent to distribute it evenly throughout the county. Weeping Water can expect a delivery late today or tomorrow.

Parents should call their provider to see if they offer the vaccine and whether they or their child fits into one of the target groups to be vaccinated. The intranasal vaccine received contains a live-attenuated virus. Because this is a live virus, pregnant women may not receive this specific formulation of the H1N1 vaccine. There will be vaccines received at a later time which pregnant women may receive.

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